Yesterday 13th of September 2012, the family of Aggery at Obokohia, Ohaji/Egbami Local Government Area of Imo State lost four children to a ghastly midnight fire. The four children, aged between 6 and 12, were burnt to death while asleep.
The victims, Mercy, Ify, Chioma and Onyinyechi, reportedly came back from their maternal home by 7pm on the same day, where they had spent the long vacation. The source of the fire which could not be ascertained as at Press time, lasted for hours after reducing the family property to ashes.
A combined effort of neighbours and relations, who were awakened by the wailings from the parents of the kids, later brought the fire under control. The father, Mr. Charles Aggery, told reporters that it was an irony of fate that his kids could finish their long holidays with their maternal relations only to come back home and met their untimely death. He appealed to Governor Rochas Okorocha, public-spirited individuals and organisations to assist him.
A neighbour to the Aggreys, Mrs. Amarachi Otiriga, expressed shock that the fire defied efforts to be controlled but expressed gratitude to God for sparing the life of the mother of the kids, Rosemary, who is now lying critically injured in an undisclosed hospital. Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Vitalis Onogu, said that investigation had commenced to ascertain the immediate cause of the midnight inferno